Three posts and a song…..
Quite funny, but with a FABulous message. You gotta read it. Here’s a bit:
"All went well for while, until the work facing the two Coyotes built up again. The boss had noticed how much work Coyote was able to handle, so he added more.
"Oh dear," thought Coyote. "I’m back where I began. There’s only one thing to do."
Now there were four Coyotes, all working hard. The boss was delighted at the increase in productivity, so he let a couple of Racoons go and gave their work to Coyote as well."
Skip over at Random Thoughts of a CTO offers this post that relates the downside of multitasking to blog reading (and then business) in his post called, Quality and Not Quantity Matters. I admit that I have done the same thing as Skip – I have reduced the number of blogs I am reading. I am also only reading them 1 or 2 times per day so that I do not get distracted (If you leave a comment and wonder why it takes me so long to respond, this might be why).
"I begin to find that not only did it take me much more time to read everything, but I wasn’t getting the value that I had received before when the numbers were much lower. "
And while we are talking focus, you simply must read Evelyn’s post called Focus Schmocus. I think her point about seeing what’s important to you and where you are performing is excellent. Here’s the money quote:
"If you must muster the will to whip a dead horse to focus and execute, maybe that’s your cue, maybe it’s quitting time."
All good stuff. Lots of people talking about focus. Me too! I fear that focus has become the new relationship, which has become the new communication. Those words we throw around to mean many things and fit many situations. Kind of ironic that focus has become a vague and amorphous topic, huh? Reminds me of a great Alanis song…
"It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife."